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Morrisville Custody Lawyers

Navigating custody arrangements after splitting with a spouse or partner can be difficult for all involved parties. Besides all the other decisions you are making about property and assets, you now have to determine how you will share custody of your children. Even in an amicable divorce, this is often when tensions and emotions tend to run especially high. And if you have a high-conflict separation, it can seem impossible to overcome the intense emotions and whims of your spouse.

Separation isn’t just a tough transition for you and your spouse, but for your children as well. It’s important to remember that matters like this should be handled with care and as peacefully as possible for your children’s sake. While you and your spouse likely viewed your divorce as the best path forward, your children might be too young to understand that. By navigating the custody process delicately, you can lessen the impact of the big changes that are happening in their life. When you need help creating a custody arrangement, call the Morrisville custody lawyers at Triangle Smart Divorce. We can provide you with the guidance you need and be fierce advocates for you and your children.

What Are The Different Types Of Custody?

While there are two main types of custody in North Carolina, it is important to remember that every child is different, so custody arrangements are unique to every individual family. What worked for your friends or family members might not be the best option for your children.

The first type of custody is legal custody. This relates to who makes the important decisions in your child’s life, like their medical care, education, religion, and more. Both parents can share legal custody, or one parent can have sole legal custody. Typically we see joint legal custody unless there is an explicit reason this wouldn’t be appropriate, such as a history of abuse or neglect.

The second type of custody is physical custody. This relates to where the child physically lives and spends their time. There can be sole or joint physical custody, or primary and secondary physical custody. Even when you have joint physical custody, it does not mean the children split their time exactly 50/50. There are all different combinations, and having an experienced custody lawyer guiding you will make sure your children end up with the arrangement that works best for them and their specific needs.

It’s important to remember that neither legal nor physical custody is permanent. If the circumstances of either parent, or the child, substantially changes, agreements can be modified.

Mediation is a process we highly recommend if it is a feasible option in your case.  In fact, if you have a court case about custody, mediation is required with very few exceptions. We like mediation because it allows you and your former spouse to work together and make these important custody decisions outside of the courtroom. This can not only save you time and money, but can create a better overall experience for your child. Mediation allows you to have a say in custody arrangements instead of leaving it up to a judge who doesn’t know your children and their unique needs. After all, we know that looking out for their best interests throughout the entire process is what’s most important to you.

High-Conflict Custody

While we encourage our clients to handle their familial matters outside of the court, that isn’t always an option. We understand that you might have an uncooperative co-parent who doesn’t want to resolve custody issues amicably, or a ex who has a history of domestic violence or substance abuse. If that is the case, we know how to effectively protect you and your child. We have specialized training in dealing with personality disorders, and we understand what you are going through. No matter the circumstances of your situation, our compassionate Morrisville custody lawyers ultimately want what is best for you and your child. We guide you past the gaslighting, set you up with tools to protect you and your children, fight for boundaries and parameters to minimize interactions and conflicts, and reduce the drama of your divorce so that your next chapter is more peaceful for you and your children than your marriage was.

How Triangle Smart Divorce Can Help You

If you and your spouse have made the difficult decision to divorce and now need to establish a custody arrangement, we’re here to help you explore your options so you can figure out the solution that works for you and your family. We are not your typical custody lawyers, as we keep your goals for your family at the forefront of all our decisions. We will ensure you’re aware of your legal options and rights, so you can allow our custody lawyers to use their experience and knowledge to get you through the process quickly and cost-efficiently.

Call Seasoned Morrisville Custody Lawyers Today & Request A Consultation

If you want help fighting through the noise and drama that can come with custody, we are the legal team for you. Call today to request a consultation where we will get to know you and your family’s situation so we can help you develop a custody arrangement that will lead to a more peaceful future for you and your children.

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IS IT WORTH IT TO GET A DIVORCE LAWYER?

A divorce lawyer may seem like an extra expense if both parties agree on the big decisions, but the details of a divorce can be complex and hard to navigate without an expert, and getting the agreement properly written ensures that everyone has the security and clarity they need to move forward with their lives. It’s better to do it right the first time than have to keep going back and fixing mistakes. And, in some cases, you may not be able to fix your mistakes.

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